Physics Department Locations

  • Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), 217 Prospect Street, is where the departmental administrative offices are located.  The Chair’s Office is on the first floor (Rm. 34).  
  • Sterling Chemistry Lab (SCL), 225 Prospect Street, home to physics instructional labs
  • Yale Science Building (YSB), 260 Whitney Avenue
  • Wright Laboratory (WL), 272 Whitney Avenue
  • Yale Quantum Institute (YQI), 17 Hillhouse Avenue, 4th Floor
  • Kline Tower (KT), 219 Prospect Street.

Please see more detailed maps and directions to SPL, below.

Maps and Directions

Getting to and around Yale and New Haven
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Driving | Train | Walking & Biking 

Google Map and Directions to Sloane Physics Laboratory


Although driving is not the most sustainable option, here are some tips to reduce fuel consumption.  Distances are 140 miles from Boston, 70 miles from NYC, 50 miles from Bradley airport just north of Hartford, and roughly 6 miles from Tweed airport in New Haven.

From I-95 Northbound or Southbound:

Take I-91 North in New Haven.

From I-91 Northbound or Southbound:

Exit I-91 at Trumbull Street (Exit 3), proceed along Trumbull and turn right onto Whitney Avenue. Turn left on Sachem as you approach Prospect Street you will see Ingalls Rink (the big whale). Turn right onto Prospect Street, and see parking instructions, below.


There are a few visitor lots nearby with hourly or daily parking fees (see Yale Parking Map), as well as metered street parking. 

Most Yale parking lots are free and open to the public 4pm - 7am on weekdays and on weekends .  Nearby are lot 26V (Ingalls Rink Lot) and 16V (Whitney Avenue Lot). Please note that if there is a home hockey game there will be a $2.00/hour charge for lot 26V. Click here for detailed map.  

Alternative Transportation Methods

Learn more about the environmental impacts of transportation.


New Haven has two train stations: Union Station and State Street Station

Service from the East (New London)

Shoreline East provides fast and easy transportation between New London and New Haven. Shoreline East offers monthly and 10-trip passes. See below for transportation information to the train stations.

Service from the West (New York City)

Metro North offers train transportation to and from New Haven to New York City with stops in between. Metro North offers monthly and 10-trip passes. See below for transportation information to the train stations.

Service from the North/South (Vermont, Boston and Washington, D.C.)

Amtrak provides train service between Vermont and New Haven. Additionally, Amtrak provides train access between Boston and Washington, D.C. at prices that are competitive with air travel. Amtrak offers monthly and 10-trip tickets pass.

How to get to the Physics Department from the Union Square train station:

1) Yale shuttle (free, about 20 min.): it stops in front of the train station (looks like a small white small bus/van, Yale written on the side).  No ID is required; they run quite frequently, so you probably need to wait at most 10 minutes.  If you have a smartphone, you can even check it in real time here

The line that passes from the train station during the day is the red line, which brings you in front of the physics department in about 20 minutes.

Get off at Prospect Street in front of the Chemistry building (which is next to the Physics one).  The stop name is : Chemistry / 225 Prospect

2) Downtown/Union Station Shuttle (free, 5min)+10 min-walk through campus. If the weather is nice and you want to have a little glimpse of the Yale campus, you could take the free downtown/union station shuttle that brings you to downtown New Haven,  (it runs very frequently; look for a regular city bus with the green sign and then walk to the Physics Department (10 minutes), walking on Hillhouse Avenue, “the most beautiful street in America” according to Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.

Here is the path

3) Taxi (about $10 including tip): you always find many cabs outside the station (otherwise you can call 203-777-7777).

4) Über and Lyft are also available in New Haven

Walking and Biking

Walking and biking are also viable methods for getting to, and around, the Physics department. The Canal Greenway is a good route and there are bike racks near Sloane Physics Laboratory which are shown on the Bike Racks map (these two maps were obtained from Walking and biking directions can also be obtained by going to

Forms for visitor reimbursements

Please see our visitor page for forms and other key information about reimbursements for departmental visitors.